UPDATE 3-Canada's Liberals go for youth over experience in Trudeau scion

Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:40pm EDT
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* Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre, crowned Liberal leader

* Drubbed in 2011 election, Liberals now lead in some polls

* Trudeau campaigns on hope more than substance

* Conservatives say he lacks experience, judgment to lead Canada

By Randall Palmer

OTTAWA, April 14 (Reuters) - Canada's Liberals crowned charismatic rising political star Justin Trudeau as their party leader on Sunday, relying more on hope and a youthful image than on experience and substance to contest seven years of Conservative rule.

The 41-year-old son of the swashbuckling former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin won a convincing 80 percent of the votes cast by party supporters over the five remaining candidates.

Trudeau had imitated U.S. President Barack Obama in campaigning largely on a message of hope, and he said detailed policy pronouncements will come later, ahead of a federal election due in 2015.

"Canadians want to be led, not ruled. They are tired of the negative and divisive politics of (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper," he told an Ottawa rally where the results were announced. His wife and young children later joined him on stage.   Continued...